GALACTIC Signs With Anti-
New Orleans Funk Icons Collaborate With
A Who's Who Of Hip-Hop
Concept Album From The Corner To The Block Intersects Genres
New Disc Counts The Coup's Boots Riley, Lyrics Born, Juvenile
Jurassic 5's Chali 2na, Digable Planets' Ladybug Mecca
Mr. Lif and Blackalicious' Gift of Gab
Anti- is delighted to announce the signing of GALACTIC, the New Orleans-based frontrunners of futuristic funk. Currently putting the finishing touches on their upcoming disc, From The Corner To The Block, which was co-produced by the band's saxophonist Ben Ellman, the new recording from the five-piece – due August 21 – is set to include guest appearances from an array of today's most innovative MC's, including The Coup's Boots Riley, Lyrics Born, Digable Planets' Ladybug Mecca, Juvenile and Jurassic 5's Chali 2na.
In advance of the disc's release, GALACTIC – which features bassist Robert Mercurio, guitarist Jeff Raines, keyboardist Richard Vogel, drummer Stanton Moore and Ellman – will celebrate the project when they perform at next month's four-day Bonnaroo festival, held in Manchester, Tennessee from June 14 – 17. Participants in four of the first five Bonnaroo events, the group known for incorporating elements of funk, rock, hip-hop and electronica into its own modern variation of the genre will be joined by the aforementioned Boots Riley, Lyrics Born and Chali 2na and Mr. Lif, as well as other project accomplices like Gift of Gab of Blackalicious and Lateef the Truthspeaker.
The MC's that contributed to From The Corner To The Block were asked to approach their lyrics with one uniform concept: Corners. Stemming from the idea that GALACTIC's hometown is full of evocative street names inspired by history, mythology and multiple ethnicities, guest artists were asked to think of an intersection that was important to them.
Just as every corner is an intersection of two paths – for instance New Orleans' own "Law and Desire" or "Martin Luther King and Oretha Castle Haley" – the disc is a meeting of two different styles of music. GALACTIC has played with hip-hop giants like The Roots, Talib Kweli, and Jurassic 5, and such collaborations seeded the uplifting, thought-stirring and undisputedly natural merger of the band's electrified funk and hip-hop's insightful lyricism on From The Corner To The Block.
On this record more than any other, GALACTIC marries the two types of New Orleans street music. Old school Brass Band second line grooves meet bounce style inspired hip-hop on the title track for which GALACTIC enlisted native superstar Juvenile - with whom the band performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live - and the up and coming Soul Rebels Brass Band. On the track "Second & Dryadres" the band called on Mardi Gras Indian Big Chief Monk Boudreaux whose chants blend seamlessly with the bands electro funk sound thanks to Ben Ellman’s innovative production.
The complete track listing for the disc is as follows:
1. I Got It (What You Need?) with Lyrics Born
2. ...And I'm Out with Mr. Lif
3. The Corner with Gift of Gab
4. Second and Dryades with Big Chief Monk Boudreaux
5. Think Back with Chali 2na
6. Bounce Baby with DJ Z-Trip
7. Hustle Up with Boots Riley
8. Sidewalk Stepper
9. From the Corner to the Block with Juvenile & Soul Rebels Brass Band
10. Squarebiz with Ladybug Mecca and Nino Moschella
11. Tuff Love with Trombone Shorty
12. No Way with Lateef the Truthspeaker
14. Find My Home with Vursatyl and Ohmega Watts